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Advanced and/or academic Pagan subjects such as history, ethics, sociology, etc.

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I've seen a ring of thirteen cats - twelve of them were black -

Communing in a circle in my garden out in back.

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Letting Go: The Practice from Hostage to Hopeful

My daily tarot card had been a series of reversals. The Lovers in reverse, the Death card in reverse, everything pointing to letting go of a past that seems to hold me hostage. Hostage to the doubt of not being good enough. Hostage to a body I did not wish to have. Hostage to a heartache that never seemed to abate. Hostage to past mistakes where the universe had let go, and yet I still lived in a vortex of fear, subterfuge, and suffering.

How many of us are living our lives like this?  Were we are a captive hostage attached to suffering!  Why is letting go, and moving on so hard? And how can we develop that into a stillness of heart and mind to lead us from suffering and into sweetness?

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Physical Fitness & Deity

Zeus is such a bro.

Through various pagan traditions, many of us might have all ready celebrated the new year. However, there is nothing wrong with taking part in secular holidays of the culture we live in. With the calendar holiday of the new year comes a flurry of resolutions. One very popular resolution is "getting fit", or signing up for a gym membership that you use probably three times and then check out for the rest of the year. I thought it would be fun to examine the different ways pagans can approach, petition, or channel deities if you have so made this resolution to get fit, lose weight, or change up your physical routine for the coming year. As a side note (but a very significant side note) this particular blog is not trying to gloss over the relevant conversations going on about body image, accepting/loving your body, holding yourself to a different or personal beauty standard as opposed to the one set by society, body shaming, or any of the other very important conversations. This is simply a few reflections on how I petition deity when I work out and other ways anybody who has decided to take on a personal fitness resolution could as well. 

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    Great article! Working out has always been high on my list of priorities and I too can see the similarities to meditation.
American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting - II

November 2014

San Diego, CA 

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It appeals to logic, to think that evil might be a virus. Viruses infect millions of people every year, making them contagious to others. Many of those infected refuse to admit that they are sick until it's too late, and sometimes stay in denial even after the diagnosis is made. They think the test results must be wrong! 

Another interesting fact about viruses is that a few people in each generation are immune to them, or else have an inborn resistance that renders their infection relatively mild. Physicians seek the secret of such immunities with the same fervor that the Knights of the Round Table sought the Holy Grail. 

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Somewhat to my surprise, it took me to age 60 to believe that my Creator had endowed me with the right to make choices without obtaining somebody else’s permission.  This is pretty good proof that my father overplayed the discipline card, because even now I am careful not to get into too much trouble with authority figures.  I’m 67, for God’s sake – who could be a better “authority” on me, than me? 

On the other end of the spectrum, today's youth seem to have no trouble at all making choices and not caring what anybody thinks – an attitude that may not be so smart or safe for the young and inexperienced.  People are very diverse, so I’m sure there are still parents who teach their children respect and courtesy – military families and Mormons come to mind - but in today’s overly permissive society this must be hard, indeed, to enforce. 

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Over the last week or so I've been systematically going through my house and sorting my various possessions into two piles: What I'll keep and what I'll get rid of. So far I've managed to cull quite a bit of my possessions, which I'm pleased about because they can hold you down sometimes. This time of year is perfect for this kind of work. People are in a reflective mood, looking back over the previous year, while also starting to plan toward the future, like Janus. The act of sorting your possessions is simultaneously a releasing of the past and an embrace of the future. You let go of what is holding you back and open yourself up to the possibilities.

You might not think that your possessions would weigh you down to the past, other than through the obvious physical reality they embody, but with anything you have there is always an emotion and memory attached to it, if not more than one. In some cases you can rewrite those memories by making new ones. I've done that a lot over the last few years, but in other cases, it can be good to just let go of the memories and emotions by letting go of the possessions. In my case that includes letting go of 8 crates of books, which served their purpose, but now is just a lot of weight, emotionally and physically to continue carrying around.

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